John Ikechukwu Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, is a Nigerian actor and comedian, considered one of the greatest comics of his generation.
Mr Ibu’s funny appearances in movies has endeared him to Nigerians and made him a household name, making him immensely rich.
He is widely considered one of the highest-paid actors in Nigeria.
Mr Ibu’s humorous acting is often characterized by stupidity, hilarious imbecility, and a sharp disconnection from reality
Read on below to learn more about John Ikechukwu Okafor.
Mr IBU WIKI
|Name||John Ikechukwu Okafor|
|Stage name||Mr Ibu|
|Date of Birth||17th October, 1961|
|State of Origin||Enugu State|
|Wife||Stella Maris Okafor|
|Children||Emmanuel, Jay Jay, Chelsea, Jasmine (adopted)|
|Education||Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu|
Mr Ibu was born John Ikechukwu Okafor on October 17th 1961 in Umunekwu village in Eziokwe, Nkanu West Local Government Area in Enugu State.
He attended elementary school and after completing in 1974, moved to Sapele to stay with his brother following the tragic death of his father.
Okafor worked menial jobs in Sapele to enable him sponsor his education and simultaneously support his family. He then worked as a hairstylist, ventured into photography and also worked in a company that produces crates. After secondary school, he was admitted into the College of Education, Yola, but pulled out due to financial difficulties.
He later enrolled in the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu to study mass communications as soon as he was able to gather the necessary funds.
Following his education, Mr Ibu started his acting career in 1978, joining the popular Nigerian Movie Industry (Nollywood).
His debut came at a time when actors were poorly paid and despite his evident talents, Mr Ibu struggled to make a living from being a thespian.
His debut movie was Rolling Stone which earned him a paltry N5,000.
After toiling for years in unpopular and less-paying roles, Ibu hit stardom as he started receiving leading roles in several films, comedic movies and TV shows.
In 2004, Mr Ibu was featured in the award-winning comedy “Mr Ibu” alongside Osita Iheme.
His bumbling character became an instant hit and henceforth his showbiz name became Mr Ibu.
The career-defining role catapulted him to stardom and he has been a box office hit since then.
“Mr Ibu” won Okafor the ‘Best Comic Actor’ award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Other notable movies include Mr Ibu and His Son, Coffin Producers, Husband Suppliers, International Players, Mr Ibu in London (2004), Police Recruit (2003), 9 Wives (2005), Ibu in Prison (2006) and Keziah (2007).
How Old is Mr Ibu?
John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, is 61 years old. He was born on October 17th, 1961.
Mr Ibu Wife and Children
Mr Ibu has been married twice. He married his first wife in 1998 and divorced her after seven years in 2005.
There is little information about Mr Ibu’s first wife other than the fact that she hails from his hometown.
After his first marriage collapsed, Okafor later went on to marry Stella Maris Okafor in 2010.
John Okafor has three kids with Stella. However, he has other kids from his first marriage as well.
Stella Maris Okafor
Mr Ibu married his second wife, Stella Maris Okafor, in 2010 after a turbulent first marriage.
Okafor often describes his second wife as his ‘Queen’, ‘First Lady’, ‘First Class’ or ‘Chibest’.
Mr Ibu and Stella Maris Okafor got married on the 25th of May, 2010 in a traditional wedding ceremony at the bride’s hometown in Imo State.
Five years later, in 2015, they held their white wedding ceremony.
The couple met when Stella was disconsolate after being dumped by her lover via a text message.
Mr Ibu consoled her and assured her that she is very beautiful and that there are many men who would die to have a woman like that.
Right there, they exchanged contacts and become friends, subsequently going on to become lovers and then got married.
Mr Ibu daughter Jasmine
Stella Maris Okafor, actor John Okafor’s wife, on Friday, February 3rd 2023, accused him of domestic violence, infidelity, memory loss, and others.
In a video shared by popular Instagram blogger, Gistlover, Stella revealed that Mr Ibu’s alleged daughter, Jasmine is plotting to dupe her husband because he’s suffering from dementia and as such can’t remember things.
She alleged that Jasmine is aware of Ibu’s memory loss which is why she is taking advantage of him and has been parading herself as his daughter when in reality she’s his sidechick.
Mr Ibu Net worth
Mr Ibu’s net worth has been tagged in the region of $3m. The actor is one of Nigeria’s richest comic actors and influencers.
Is Mr Ibu Still Alive or Dead
Mr Ibu has suffered a few near-death experiences making numerous rumours of his death always circulating.
Mr Ibu is not dead. He is still alive and well. However, he was the subject of a near-death experience.
Sources state that Mr Ibu was poisoned by his staff who were allegedly paid to kill him. Though the latter is yet to be confirmed, we do know that Mr Ibu was in the hospital for some time.